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The Bamboozlement Decade

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In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Frank Rich captures with depressing accuracy the state of our nation after a decade of bamboozlement. The decade is defined largely by a remarkable series of dishonorable events, starting with Enron.

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Christmas Bonuses This Year?

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At some workplaces, bonuses were expected every Christmas. That’s probably not the case anymore. Check out this series of cartoons about the Christmas bonus.


Health Care Reform and Sausage

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It’s long been said that making legislation is like making sausage. Watching it being done is disgusting. As the New York Times reports, health care reform is just another foray into sausage-making.

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Naughty or Nice — Tip of the Week

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Naughty or Nice — Tip of the Week

We have just a few days until Santa’s visit when we’ll find out whether we’ve been naughty or nice. We know that if his performance evaluation is done correctly, it will be based on the entire year or, at least, the last six months. Maybe, given the year we’ve had, he’ll lighten up and give us some credit for the last few days. Therefore, this week:

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Oral Roberts: The Prosperity Economy

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Oral Roberts’ death started me thinking. I thought about watching Roberts’ taped healing services on television as a boy in the 1950′s. I wasn’t sure what to think, but I was mesmerized as Roberts fervently preached, prayed, and laid his hands on the masses.

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Worker’s Song — HR Song of the Week

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Dropkick Murphys sings this dark, angry, and relevant song for our times. If it’s relevant to a whole lot of workers, it’s just a little scary.

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Bonuses Are Back, Jobs Aren’t

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The bailout worked for Wall Street, banks, and other companies too big to fail. Well, these (to use President Obama’s words) fat cats are back. They’re turning big profits again and talking about paying bonuses to keep the talent too good to lose. They’re even repaying the loans they received via the bailout — after only a year.

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Manager Training — Don’t Do As I Say

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We often talk about how to train managers. Unfortunately, the way these two guys do it has been adopted by too many trainers, or so it would appear.

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Bangor, Maine, International Airport: Model Workplace

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During the summer, I have the good fortune of spending some time in Maine. Almost always, we fly into and out of Bangor. Depending on flight schedules, changes and delays, we’ve flown in and out at almost any time of the day or night.

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Longfellow on Hard Words

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Hard words occur more frequently it seems today, particularly since we have email and voice mail in addition to face-to-face meetings to communicate them. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow offers a punch to the stomach for those who speak to each other in such a way.

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Italian Answer to Ethical Lapses

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Yesterday, I did a post offering a possible answer to ethical lapses as provided by the Tiger Woods ignominy. Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has now become the unintentional purveyor of another answer.

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Passion for Your Job, No Matter What

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Employers like employees who are passionate about their work. This cartoon shows you how much passion employers have about wanting employees to be passionate about their work.


Music for the Season

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High brow, beautiful music for the season, thanks to Bach, Bernarda Fink, John Eliot Gardner, the Monteverdi Choir, and Cultural Offering. Sleep well.


Tiger Woods: Answer to Ethical Lapses

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Employers have codes of ethics or business conduct. The purpose of these codes is to deter employees, particularly executives, from doing something that probably helps the executive but definitely hurts the employer. Such misconduct costs employers a lot of money and is excruciatingly embarrassing.

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Scrooge Firings — Tip of the Week

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It seems there’s always an uptick in firings during the month of December. Maybe there’s something about getting ready for a fresh start at the beginning of a new year. Maybe it’s the desire to finally do something you’ve put off all year. Maybe there are Scrooges who never receive visits from the three ghosts of Christmas.

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